Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Big Dreams, Little Tokyo

There are so many things I love about this movie. I love the guys speaking in Okinawan dialect, I love the scene where the Murakami yells at Boyd and tells him that he will never be Japanese, I love the way Boyd tones down his translation or straight up makes things up to smooth out the business meeting, I love how they have to double translate during that meeting from Spanish to English to Japanese, I love how Boyd is such a lovable quirky character, and I love how at the end of the movie, everyone, even his eccentric wannabe sumo wrestler room mate is reading his book.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Japanese Bronies

I've been re-watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on NicoNico Douga. It's a Japanese site similar to youtube, but it has the option of displaying comments directly on the screen, like screen shot about of Japanese fans saying how cute AJ is when she blushes. According to this (you should read that too) I found out that Big Macintosh, Cherilee and Fluttershy are the most popular among the Japanese fans. Applejack is pretty popular too. They call her (otoko-mae) handsome. And they seem to love Pinkie too. When ever she does something the screen gets flooded with (Pinkie w, w=lol).

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Little Pony, G1-G3

So, I watched a little of the older generations of MLP, just to see how much the show has improved. The main pony cast is terrible. They all have the same whiny voices and stupid lines, it's really painful to watch.

The villains and side characters on the other hand are slightly more interesting and memorable than the main pony cast. I vaguely remember the bush woolies, Scorpan, Mr Moochick and his rabbit. I also remember the magical items that pop up now and then. Like the seashell that summons the sea ponies and the rainbow of light from the locket that the human girl has.

What stands out most all in my memory is the smooze! It's classic! Like Philip fighting the dragon in Sleeping Beauty, it's that one thing that made it tolerable for boys who were forced to watch this crap with their sisters. Hell yeah! Finally some epic conflict in this boring cartoon! Purple goo that consumes whole kingdoms in seconds AND has a catchy theme song! If the smooze makes a comeback in G4, you won't hear me complain.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

So I've seen MLP stuff popping up all over the internet for a quite while now, but didn't think much of it. Then this summer I found out several of my friends from back home watch the show, and this is pretty much what happened. I was hooked. When I brought it up with my girlfriend she immediately tried to talk about something else. So I ranted to her about why the show is so much better than one would assume from it's over the top girly cute surface. The characters have interesting personalities that play off each other really well and make for some great stories.

Beyond the show itself is the fandom. It's crazy. I've spent more time looking at fan made stuff now than I did watching the show. I really need to give it a rest for a while.

My favorites videos are...
Your facekau
My Little War Horse
My Little Pwny
I Don't Have a Favorite Pony by Hank Green of the Vlog Brothers 
SHED.MOV and the rest of that absolutely mad series. BTW it includes Egoraptor voice acting
My Little Brony by College Humor 
Teens React to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Music Videos...
Picture Perfect Pony Official Music Video Animation
She Reads All Day
Want It, Need It (Hold Me) and the original that it's based on
Russian Dancing Pony and the original
Fluttershy Rap
Rainbow Dash is Gay (or European)
PMV: Everyone Thinks Rainbow Dash is Gay (Bo Burnham)
PMV: Luna Does Not Need a Microphone (Tenacious D)
Eurobeat Brony - Discord (The Living Tombstone's Remix)
PMV: Rainbow Dash - Like A Boss by The Lonely Island
Cupcakes HD more shock comedy, like

Cool Official Hasbro Stuff
Italian Friendship is Magic Opening
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic - 8 bit (Promo) - The Hub

Some other intersting ones are...
A bunch of dudes singing the smile song
Dr. Who goes to Ponyville
Ponies what are British and Ponies what are British Sequel
My Little Pony decorated San Diego Trolley outside and in!
Derpy Loves her Lava Lamp (with sound!)
DEATH BATTLE! : Starscream VS Rainbow Dash 
MLP Stuck on the Mind
Epic Wub Time: Musicians of Ponyville
My Little Portal GLaDOS theme song (MLP Music)

There's even this channel featuring an original character called Colgate who sings songs about brushing teeth and shoots a toothpaste canon. I assume it was created by someone who is either a dentist, works for Colgate, or is strangely obsessed with dental hygiene.